Sunday, 17 July 2011

Taking advantage of the Amazon Kindle sale, I am delighted to review this little gem of a book. Having heard good reviews from my bookish friends - I started this book yesterday afternoon, and finished it late last night - having read the whole book in one sitting.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
jaffa's rating 5 paws

1891 - and little girls are seen but not not heard.

Orphans 12 year old Florence, and her younger brother, Giles are abandoned by their guardian, and left in the care of servants, in a crumbling Gothic manor house, in New England.When Florence is banned an education by her mysterious guardian, she teaches herself to read by visiting the forbidden library, and develops her own unique language. Fiercely protective of her brother, Florence senses a malevolent spirit pervading the character of their new governess, Miss Taylor.

I loved the story and was very quickly immersed in Florence's life, the activity within the house is expertly described. Deliciously gothic,and eerily creepy, this story, reminiscent of Henry James's novella - The Turn of the Screw - will stay with me for quite a while.

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